WAUKESHA (WITI) -- Two 12-year-old Waukesha girls are charged as adults -- and could each face 60 years in prison. They're accused of plotting the murder of their friend and classmate for months -- and attempting to kill the girl, who is also 12 years old, this weekend.
12-year-old Morgan Geyer and 12-year-old Anissa Weier each face one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime.
A criminal complaint says the girls spoke about a website called "CreepyPasta" -- a website that talks about horror stories -- where people can create their own stories.
It is on this website that Weier told police she learned about “Slenderman” — the leader of CreepyPasta. Just below Slenderman is the killer. Just below the killer is the proxy. In order to be a proxy, Weier explained, you have to kill someone — to show your dedication to Slenderman, according to the complaint.
The criminal complaint says Weier introduced Geyser to the site -- and in December or January -- Geyser suggested they become proxies of Slender -- and according to the complaint, that's when the two decided they would kill their friend, in order to prove themselves to Slender.
The girls are accused of stabbing their 12-year-old friend in a Waukesha park on Saturday, May 31st -- and leaving her for dead.
The victim remains hospitalized after she was reportedly stabbed 19 times.
It's a shocking case that's drawing reaction in Waukesha and beyond.
13-year-old Lexie Leucinger says she sat next to Weier in class at school.
"It's really scary because she seemed so normal. We were like, in a group project together and, you know, she seemed completely normal. She was really nice -- really energetic. I'm scared to go to school," Leucinger said.
The girls attended Horning Middle School in Waukesha.
Parents of students who attend the school say they got a voicemail message from the Waukesha School District on Monday, June 2nd -- saying counselors would be available for students who need them.
In a press conference on Monday, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack urged parents to talk to their children about dangers online.
"This should be a wake up call for parents. Parents are strongly encouraged to restrict and monitor their children's internet usage," Chief Jack said.
Lexie Leucinger, the girls' classmate, says Weier once showed her a Slenderman game on her iPad.
"Like, I know of Slenderman. There's a game that you can play on your computer and like, videos of how it's real. It's apparently like this mythical thing that like, takes children," Leucinger said.
A Twitter handle claiming to be the official account for the CreepyPasta site tweeted a message Monday saying their hearts go out to the victim in this case.
Lexie Leucinger's mother says she and her daughter are nervous wrecks after learning what happened.
"This is just wrong. This is wrong. My prayers go out to that family. I can't even imagine. I monitor my kids very closely because it's not like when I was a kid. You didn't have all this stuff. They have access to a lot more things that they don't know how to wrap their minds around. They're inappropriate things," Leucinger's mother said.
Waukesha School District's superintendent tells FOX6 News staff members, parents and students were notified about what happened -- and a few school administrators have been speaking with police.
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